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Other Benefits of Tamoxifen

Health benefits of tamoxifen beyond breast cancer treatment

In addition to treating breast cancer, tamoxifen has other health benefits. Tamoxifen may:

  • Improve your blood cholesterol profile by lowering LDL levels (the "bad" cholesterol). A better cholesterol profile may lower your risk of heart disease.
  • Help maintain bone density and thus, lower your risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures (in postmenopausal women).

Tamoxifen as chemoprevention (a risk-lowering drug)

Among cancer-free women who have a high risk of developing breast cancer (including those with atypical hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in situ) tamoxifen can be taken to lower risk [66-67].  

Learn more about risk-lowering drugs and other options for women at high risk of breast cancer.  

Updated 04/22/13  

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